P-5: The oatcake crisis at Stoke-on-Trent Central HQ

Problems often arise with a campaign – and today was one of those days when problems came in threes.

1. We ran out of delivery and residents and deliverers complained that we were doing some houses for the second and third time.
2. We ran out of canvassing that we had prepared and printed and ready and now have a data backlog
3. We ran out of bacon, cheese and tomoatoe to go with the oatcakes… yes really.
Given we need to be ready for the rest of the day and tomorrow and the final weekend I can’t talk for long and need to crack on.  The campaign HQ is at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Sheaf Street, Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 4LW and is open from 10 am – 9 pm daily.  You know where to come… I will leave it there.
Ed

P.S. There will a longer blog reflection on the weekend and the week ahead tomorrow. but on behalf of Zulfiqar and the team here we have only one thing we want you to hear. THANK YOU, THANK YOU AND THANK YOU.

* Ed Fordham is a party member and activist in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

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7 Comments

  • Richard Underhill 18th Feb '17 - 6:41pm

    Why is it thought that problems often come in threes? Is there research evidence for such a belief? It carries a potential risk where two problems occurred of waiting for the third one.
    There is evidence around the number seven (plus or minus two) which derives from the ability of the human brain to remember things.

  • I was going to try to come over, but if there are no tomatoes for my oatcakes!

    (And I’ve gone down with a cold, which may be relevant)

    Seriously, have been over twice – a great campaign.

    If you haven’t been – GO!
    If you have been – GO AGAIN!

  • Mick Taylor 19th Feb '17 - 6:49am

    I really want Zulfigar Ali to win. As a seasoned campaigner I really do question the amount of free publicity given to UKIP by their opponents. It has been a long time maxim that all publicity is good publicity. The UKIP leader must wake very day with a spring in his step as opponent after opponent attacks him for doing things that many ardent UKIP supporters won’t give a toss about.
    So please, in these let few days stop giving Nuttall a boost and concentrate on our positive message.

  • Just reassure everyone we have had a major deliver of food and fruit and every oatcake filler you could want for…

  • The national media publicity about these by elections has been extraordinarily bad, even by their normal standards. It’s clear that Ed has been running a very energetic campaign, which must be visible to anyone who takes a serious look, and yet all we get from the media is the standard lazy line that Stoke is all about Labour vs UKIP. I know we got an awful result at the last GE, and the media take that as their baseline. That’s actually fair enough (and it worked for us in Richmond). But my point is they should do at least some research into what is actually going on in the campaign. And if they did so they should at least include a brief reference in their coverage. ‘The LibDems are fighting a surprisingly energetic campaign, and seem upbeat’ – that sort of thing. But instead, not a word anywhere. Its really annoying. And like I say, it’s so lazy.

  • Tonyj,

    Its not lazy its self-intrest. The media get great stories out of UKIP; MEP hits MEP; next UKIP leader has ….. ,they sell papers and make headlines and that is why the press love them. They are the epitome of a political soap opera why would the media want them gone. Of course as a functioning political party well lets say they don’t have the membership or discipline to work but the media don’t care about that just the headlines.

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